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Will Kerryon Johnson Carry You To Fantasy Success? - Footballguys

A detailed look at Kerryon Johnson's fantasy prospects in 2018. 

Can Kerryon Bring the Lions’ Roar Back?

The Lions have been synonymous with ineffective running games for nearly 20 years. It’s hard to believe the team Barry Sanders played for has devolved into a franchise incapable of fielding a 1,000-yard runner. Since Sanders retired in 1998, the Lions have had just four 1,000-yard seasons:

Running Back
Year
Age
Games
Rushes
RuYards
Yds/Ru
RuTDs
FanPts
James Stewart
2000
29
16
339
1184
3.49
10
213.1
James Stewart
2002
31
14
231
1021
4.42
4
171.4
Kevin Jones
2004
22
15
241
1133
4.70
5
167.3
Reggie Bush
2013
28
14
223
1006
4.51
4
193.2

New head coach Matt Patricia opted to offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter but insisted on changes to the team’s offensive approach, assistant coaches, and scheme. The team brought in Jeff Davidson to rebuild the line and implement a power-blocking scheme. Detroit invested in several rookie linemen including first-round pick Frank Ragnow. They’ve added a fullback to the roster. And most importantly, they drafted Kerryon Johnson in the 2nd round.

Johnson is being treated as an afterthought among a bumper crop of enticing rookie running backs. He routinely comes off the board several rounds later than Royce Freeman, Ronald Jones, Derrius Guice, Sony Michel, and Rashaad Penny. While Johnson’s situation is no slam dunk, his talent and the Lions new focus on the ground attack make him a bet worth taking; mainly when the price is lower than a handful of other rookies who did less in college and have just as many impediments to full-time roles.

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